The Windows Clipboard Has Been Updated

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Copy and Paste has been a standard part of the Windows platform since the beginning. However, the usefulness has been limited. You could only paste the content from the last copy you did. That changed with the October 2018 Windows update.

The first step to using the new clipboard functionality is to make sure you have enabled Clipboard History on your computer. Here are the simple steps:

  1. Go to Windows Settings. Use the Windows key and search for settings.
  2. Select Clipboard.
  3. Turn on Clipboard history.

Once you have the settings correct, use the clipboard just like you have in the past. Select and copy content just like you do now. When you enable Sync Across Devices, you can copy images and text from one PC to another with a cloud-based clipboard. The sync feature is tied to your Microsoft account, or your work account, so remember to use the same login information on all your devices.

Not only can you paste from your clipboard history, you can also pin the items that you find yourself using all the time by clicking on the “pin” icon.

To get to your clipboard history at any time, press the Windows logo key on your keyboard + V. You can also paste and pin frequently used items by choosing an individual item from your clipboard menu.

This new clipboard functionality is better than it was, but still not like using a third-party clipboard application. I currently use ClipMate for managing my clipboard. You can find more information in this previous TechTips issue: Manage Your Clipboard.

What have you found to be helpful when moving information across programs and platforms?

Steve Anderson provides information to insurance agents about how they can use technology to increase revenue and/or reduce expenses. He speaks professionally to hundreds of agents each year on the future of technology, the social web, and how insurance agencies can establish their Internet presence.

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3 thoughts on “The Windows Clipboard Has Been Updated

  1. Drats Steve, I have just been pushing this new clipboard feature to my peeps and here you have it for everyone to see – thanks.

    So digging a bit deeper into these “new things” in Win10 there are a few others that I have been pushing and I’ll share with you.

    Under Settings -> Ease of Access.
    -> you can now easily change text/font sizes (which will not oversize your screen with scroll bars like using the CTRL + the + or – or using the scrolly wheel of your mouse – I suggest keeping the Recommended in the Make everything bigger section)
    -> also a pet peeve of mine with Win10 was the hide (I call it disappearing) scroll bars – until you need them by holding your mouse over them – there is an option to stop Automatically hide scroll bars – shut that off if you like the fat scroll bars.
    -> just under Display is Cursor and pointer – option to make your pointer size larger ALSO add some color to it. (I have a 98-year-old buddy that has color blindness and fights to see his pointer and after about 30 minutes with him found a color he can now see!!!)
    Keep those tips coming and I’ll see if I can “challenge you occasionally” as I read on!!!

  2. Like you, I’m not a fan of the Windows Clipboard. It’s better, but not quite there yet. I’ve been using ClipX for years — it’s a freebie that you can customize so when I want to bring up a compact list of my last 100 clipboard items, I just press the hot key (\ in my case). It loads to my system tray with Windows and works in every program I open. You can download it free at